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Panama's vice president wins presidential election

Vice President Juan Carlos Varela pulled off a surprise victory in Panama's presidential election Sunday, thwarting an attempt by former ally President Ricardo Martinelli to extend his grip on power by electing a hand-picked successor.

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Electoral tribunal members hold representations of Panama's national flag during a Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral, also attended by presidential candidates, in Panama City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Panamanians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president from a field of seven, and legislators. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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